Book review: Farrell, T.S.C. (2017). Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching. Alexandria, Virginia. TESOL Press, vi + 50 pp.


  • William Lake Georgia State University



sociolinguistics, teaching, inequality, gender, society, professional development


Sociolinguistics, an area not traditionally grouped into TESOL curricula, occupies the limelight in Farrell's fresh addition to the English Language Teacher Development series. Here, educators will find the relevance of sociolinguistics for themselves and their students via accessible summaries of established sociolinguistics research and poignant reflective discussion questions.

Author Biography

William Lake, Georgia State University

After earning the GSU ESOL endorsement, William Michael Lake now enters the fourth year of doctoral studies in applied linguistics at GSU, where he also teaches Spanish and research writing. Through his dissertation, he will facilitate the process of writing expert-level humanities research articles for L2 and L1 English-users.


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How to Cite

Lake, W. (2018). Book review: Farrell, T.S.C. (2017). Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching. Alexandria, Virginia. TESOL Press, vi + 50 pp. GATESOL Journal, 28(1).



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